ALAMEDA – Derrick Burgess’ injured right calf cost him a third day of practice.
Burgess’ status for Sunday’s game against Cleveland won’t be known until this afternoon. The defense could use their Pro Bowl defensive end a lot against the Browns to boost its pass rush.
The Raiders have only four sacks in two games. One of those sacks came when safety Michael Huff chased Denver quarterback Jay Cutler out of bounds for no gain.
Without Burgess, the Raiders would play rookie Jay Richardson and Tyler Brayton in Burgess’ spot.
Richardson is a promising player. Brayton had no sacks in 16 games last season. Brayton’s last sack was Oct. 30, 2005 at Tennessee.
Center Jeremy Newberry (hamstring) was back at practice. If he’s healthy, the Raiders have to consider starting him against Cleveland.
The Browns use the 3-4 defense with 6-foot-5, 375-pound Ted Washington at nose tackle.
Jake Grove struggles against big nose tackles. Newberry is stronger and deals with such players better.
Running back LaMont Jordan was at practice for a second straight day after missing Wednesday’s session because of his bad back.